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SFST and Expert Testimony in DUI Defense

In 2019, the Colorado Supreme Court issued an order in Campbell v. Colorado. The ruling stated that a police officer must be an expert witness. Prosecutors do this to permit discussion of horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN). Officers observe HGN in o...
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Understanding Colorado Self-Defense and Initial Aggressor

Physical confrontations are not easy to deal with. Fights and physical confrontations happen fast and often without warning. Also, drugs or alcohol being a factor is not uncommon.  A common defense to crimes that involve psychical aggression ...
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Collateral Consequences of a DUI Conviction in Colorado

Clients will often focus on the direct punishment of driving under the influence. This can include jail time, fines, and probation. The length of each will be dependent on whether the defendant has priors and the facts of the case. Firs...
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DUI Investigation and Standard Field Sobriety Tests

The standard field sobriety tests were developed in the late 1970’s. The tests were developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”).  Testing was developed to improve the fatality rate on ...
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Tips to Save Money after a DUI in Colorado

The most pressing concerning a defendant will have after getting a DUI is jail. A jail sentence will have a significant impact on a defendant’s life. It can cause them to lose their jobs or substantial hardship in maintaining emplo...
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Youtuber Shooting and Colorado Self-Defense

Individuals have a right to defend themselves. Defending yourself is a fundamental human right. It is the basis for our Second Amendment. Self-defense is a legal concept that most individuals hear when watching legal dramas or reading articl...
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Colorado Law Permits a Second DUI to be Punished as a Third

The jurisprudence surrounding DUI law is not simple. The statutes and case law is complicated.  For example, driving is not only driving pursuant to statute. Driving under the influence can be sitting in your car with it on. There is a ...
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Driving Under the Influence with a Gun in Colorado

Most driving under the influence cases are the result of a failure to plan. Planning is important, and a defendant that does not have a plan when drinking will likely result in a DUI. It is in these cases that a defendant will require the skills o...
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Driving While Ability is Impaired by Drugs

The Colorado DUI statute is not specific to alcohol. Authorities can charge a person with DUI if they are under the influence of drugs. There is also a lesser included driving under the influence charge called driving while ability is im...
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Supreme Court and Colorado Stalking Law

Stalking is a crime under Colorado Law.  The definition of the criminal offense is broader than the common understanding the of term.  Stalking can include repeated communication or actions.  Such communication would need to be...
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